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Closing in on footrot problem

A new genetic test could stomp out expensive footrot for merino sheep.

12:41 PM  Sheep farmers hope new genetic testing will spell the end of footrot in merinos which is costing them $10m a year.

Greenhouse gas breakthrough

22042015 News Photo: John Kirk-Anderson/FairfaxNZ

Wet sheep near Springston. 

Weather Farming Stock Drought

NZ scientists identify animal-safe compounds that can reduce methane emissions from sheep and cattle by up to 90 per cent.

Red meat sector eyed

Fieldays chief executive Jon Calder.

New Zealand's sheep and beef farmers are in the spotlight for Fieldays. 

Early payment warning urged

A colourful cow is installed in Morrinsville in the heart of dairy country, but it is unlikely to bring cheer to financially hit farmers.

Fonterra asked to bring forward date of the new season’s advance milk payment to help struggling farmers budget.

'Trust your gut instinct'

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Trusting your gut instinct is a useful weapon against rural crime say police investigating a beef cow butchering incident near Whakatane.

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opinion

The end is nigh! No, not quite yet

The urea plant at Kapuni, South Taranaki. If fertiliser N was banned it would condemn 3 billion people to death.

Doug Edmeades says the old saw is correct: It’s difficult to make predictions, especially about the future.

Difficult decisions ahead as low payout starts to bite

OPINION: It seems to me that Fonterra cannot pay its suppliers a decent milk price two seasons in a row.

Our Australian neighbours

How to save the sheep industry

Fieldays

Fieldays eyes up red meat sector

Fieldays chief executive Jon Calder.

New Zealand's sheep and beef farmers are in the spotlight for Fieldays. 

Clever ideas to see the light of day

Kiwi ingenuity will be once again be showcased in the Innovation Centre at the New Zealand National Fieldays in June.

The new lake at Mystery Creek, Hamilton. Part of the extensive earthworks being undertaken at the site.

Breaking new ground video

Mystery Creek is getting a $1.5 million make-over just in time for the Fieldays.

dairy

Dairy award 'icing on the cake'

The 2015 New Zealand Dairy Awards Winners, from left, Dairy Trainee of the Year James Davidson, Sharemilker/Equity Farmers of the Year Melissa  and Justin Slattery and Farm Manager of the Year James Foote.

Canterbury and Waikato-Hauraki farmers were the big winners at the NZ Dairy Industry Awards.

Sharemilkers ahead of the game

NZ Dairy Industry Awards winners ahead of the game in driving profitability on farms, during a forecast period of low milk payouts.

Hayden and Ellisa Slack 50:50 sharemilk at Waiuku, southwest of Auckland. From left Hayden and Ellisa with their children Danika 6, Kayla 7 and Riley 9.

Farming with the friendly breed

Hayden Slack is on a mission to change perception that ayrshires are not a good breed.

advice

Follow up field day

Waikato Regional Council freshwater ecologist Michael Lake, right, and student Laura Francis collect specimens from the Kaniwhaniwha River by electro-fishing.

A field day focused on farm planning and environmental sustainability is planned for the wider Waipa River catchment in May.

Seasonal safety in sights

Farm health and safety concerns highlighted as seasonal risk increases.

Dairy Women's Network's Megan Edmeades has been a driving force behind a series of workshops to guide farmers through the intricacies of new animal welfare legislation.

Animal welfare workshops on their way

Farmers wanting to keep on the right side of animal welfare laws are being advised to attend Waikato workshops.

aquaculture

Uncertainty for marine farmers

A mussel farm in the Marlborough Sounds.

Forty years after it started in the Sounds, marine farming remains a source of pride and controversy.

Growing a good idea

Being a business owner isn't what most 17-year-olds are thinking about. But Georgia Lala isn't like most teenagers.

The Sanford mussel processing plant in Havelock.

Havelock Sanford's only South Island factory

Sanford's mussel plant in Havelock is the seafood company's only South Island factory following the closure of its operation in Christchurch.

beef

Bull-selling season primed for entertaining start

The Champion of Champions last year was Okahu Sonny Bill, a hereford bull bred and led by Kelly O'Neill, Raetihi, and bought by Stuart Robbie of Otapawa, Northern Wairarapa, for $40,000.

Two counter-balancing influences predicted to have an impact on this year's bull-selling season.

'Nowhere better in the world for us to be'

"Farming is a fantastic way to bring up a family. We have the best job in the world," say a Gisborne farming couple who spoke to Kate Taylor about their inherent love of farming and the land.

Little Akaloa, Banks Peninsula, farmers Mike and Ruth Williams, winners of the farm stewardship category of the Canterbury Ballance farm environment awards.

Environmental care combination works

Farming couple and a businessman tell how their efforts won them the land stewardship category in the Canterbury Farm Environment Awards.

Sheep

Merino farmers close to solving $10m footrot problem

A new genetic test could stomp out expensive footrot for merino sheep.

12:41 PM  Sheep farmers hope new genetic testing will spell the end of footrot in merinos which is costing them $10m a year.

Rain fails to curb Hurunui drought

Many farmers are looking at making a loss in the drought stricken Hurunui district.

English leicester stalwarts believe in the future of the breed which has been farmed in New Zealand for 150 years.

Sheep breed celebrates 150 years

Retired farmer Don Reid can remember when 78 English leicester rams left his family's Darfield property on a truck to go out to the stud's many customers.

cropping

Aussie invention wins big

Western Australia farmer and bush engineer Ray Harrington, next to a prototype model of the Harrington Seed Destructor.

An Aussie grower's crushing invention has won a major international award for helping farmers get around weed resistance against herbicides.

Sustainability 'comes from the heart'

Farming sustainably comes from the heart, award-winning farmer Frans de Jong says.

South Canterbury farmers Warren and Joy Darling and their family celebrate their record barley yield.

Kiwis set world barley yield record

A South Canterbury couple has broken a 25-year-old world record for the highest yielding barley crop after their attempt was confirmed by Guinness World Record authorities.

agribusiness

Dairy award 'icing on the cake'

The 2015 New Zealand Dairy Awards Winners, from left, Dairy Trainee of the Year James Davidson, Sharemilker/Equity Farmers of the Year Melissa  and Justin Slattery and Farm Manager of the Year James Foote.

Canterbury and Waikato-Hauraki farmers were the big winners at the NZ Dairy Industry Awards.

Peruvian product preferred to kiwi

A local processor has indicated his company will support the New Zealand asparagus growers that Heinz Watties have abandoned in favour of Peruvian.

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy (right)  and LIC chief executive Wayne McNee (left) outside the dairy company's new herd testing laboratory in Hamilton.

Stick to your budgets

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy urged the dairy farmers to work with advisors to get through the low payout year.

Discovery

Greenhouse gas breakthrough

22042015 News Photo: John Kirk-Anderson/FairfaxNZ

Wet sheep near Springston. 

Weather Farming Stock Drought

NZ scientists identify animal-safe compounds that can reduce methane emissions from sheep and cattle by up to 90 per cent.

Plantain moth biopesticide closer

The availability of a natural insecticide to fight an emerging agricultural insect pest is a step closer.

Researchers Professor Louis Schipper (foreground) and Jack Pronger on the farm test site in Waikato.

Carbon counting is big job

Research underway on two farms aims to provide farmers with practical advice on how to best manage their farms to maximise soil carbon stocks.

rural women

Farmers schooled on animal welfare

DairyNZ animal husbandry extension specialist Anna Irwin demonstrates the use of a captive bolt during a Dairy Women's Network animal welfare workshop at Wreys Bush.

Tough new animal welfare laws are on the horizon, but Southland dairy farmers are working to ensure they’re ahead of the game.

Canty A&P gets first female president

Nicky Hutchinson says gender doesn't matter in her new role as the head of the Canterbury A&P Association.

Kahlia Fryer won the Lawson Robinson Hawke's Bay A&P scholarship at the recent Hawke's Bay Primary Industry Awards

Kahlia gets the job done

A career in agribusiness management is the goal of a Lincoln University student whose reputation as a hard worker goes before her. She speaks with Kate Taylor.

Video

Ideas on retirement

Retirement Commissioner needs your help in tackling one of the biggest issues facing NZ.

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